Immigration Policy According to a Harvard Labor Economist
- The day I met George Borjas,
cloistered in his office at the John F. Kennedy School
of Government at Harvard while
graduate students from Russia, India, China and maybe
Mexico mingled in the school
cafe, sipping coffee and chattering away in all their
tongues, the United States Senate was
hotly debating what to do about the countrys
immigration policy. Borjas professed to be
unfazed by the goings-on in Washington. A soft-spoken
man, he stressed repeatedly that
his concern was not to make policy but to derive the
truth. To Borjas, a Cuban immigrant
and the pre-eminent scholar in his field, the truth is
pretty obvious: immigrants hurt the
economic prospects of the Americans they compete with.
And now that the biggest
contingent of immigrants are poorly educated Mexicans,
they hurt poorer Americans,
especially African-Americans, the most.
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